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Khao San Road undergoes final preparations for reopening

by Tanyaluck Poupeé
Khao San Road undergoes final preparations for reopening
Photo: Bangkok Post

Bangkok’s famous Khao San Road is undergoing final preparations in anticipation of reopening to the public on either July 1st or August 1st following weeks of closure due to the coronavirus lockdown measures.

On Wednesday, more than 200 volunteers, police, and soldiers joined a huge effort in cleaning the recently renovated area that has undergone a major facelift to become a landmark for street vendors in Bangkok.

A new 400-meter footpath has been installed alongside new infrastructure and facilities such as 60-centimeter high collapsible stainless railings and barriers aimed to separate vendors and traffic.

More than 250 sellers have registered to have permanent stalls at the backpacking hub and are currently designing their selling areas in preparation for the reopening.

The stalls will be divided into zones, allowing easier management regarding opening times and convenience for visitors in finding clothing, items, and food.

The Deputy Governor of Bangkok, Sakoltee Phattiyakul, believes that the “new Khao San Road” will attract visitors who are worried about the coronavirus pandemic, mentioning the renovated area should already be open:

“It should have already been opened after renovations, but because of covid-19, we decided to open it on July 1 or Aug 1.”

Almost 50 million baht has been spent on the Khao San Road renovations.

Source: Bangkok Post